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15th May, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Garage with Apartment, Garage with Living, 2 Story Garage Plan, 2 Car Garage, Garage Plan 20-119

Garage Plan 20-119

This Craftsman 2 car garage plan has two 10' wide and 8' high garage doors. Behind the garage is  a generously sized hobby room with stairs that lead to the apartment on the second floor. At the top of the stairs is small landing that and a door that leads to the vaulted kitchen with a washer and dryer tucked to the right along with space for a small refrigerator. The vaulted great room features a fireplace and a set of double doors that lead to the balcony. Also upstairs is a vaulted office and a bedroom along with a full bathroom which includes a soaking tub.

12th May, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

European House Plan, Home Plan, Sausalito 30-521

It's simple to imagine arriving upon the Sausalito while meandering through the French countryside in this European style house plan. That decorative iron railing exudes Frenchness, while the shutters, stone veneer, porch posts, and multipaned windows add country charm. Arched openings lead into a large three-car garage with added depth within the single bay.

Everyday family living and special events take place in the large, window-bright gathering space on the ground floor. Kitchen, dining and family rooms flow together, linked by a wide arch. Slim windows flank a gas fireplace that creates a cheerful focal point on the right side; dining and kitchen are on the left.

Windows fill most of the rear wall. Inside the dining area, one of two door-high windows opens onto a partially covered patio. Counters wrap around three sides of the kitchen, and more workspace is available on the work island.A raised eating bar runs across the front, while a built-in cook top is seated on the opposite side. The step-in pantry is exceptionally wide.

In addition to the bathroom, two more areas fill out this floor: an office, a study, just inside the entry, and an office/den right off the kitchen. Either, of course, could be put to other uses.

On the second-floor, a balcony overlooks the dramatic, two-story foyer. Additionally, it links the owners' suite on the right with secondary bedrooms, utility room, and a large bonus room on the left. The bonus rooms large walk-in closet offers attic access.

The Sausalito's owners' suite features a substantial walk-in closet, and also a smaller one opposite. The owners bathroom has a dual vanity, private toilet and an oversized walk-in shower with a built-in seat. Secondary bedrooms share a two-section bathroom.

5th May, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Cottage House Plan, Victorian House Plan, Langston 42-027

If the Langston looks magical to you, you’re not alone. The steep roof and gingerbread trim on this Victorian cottage evokes thoughts of fairytales.

This cottage home offers more than 1500 sq. ft. of living area on three levels, although its presence is small. The dining area, an expansive vaulted living room and kitchen are around the main floor. The owners’ suite is upstairs, along with a large storage area and a wide balcony overlooking the living room. The utility room is in the basement, which support another bedroom.

Diamond-shaped gridding accents the arched window in the front door. A slender, likewise gridded window nestles under a small street-facing gable. This tiny gable echoes the attention-getting two-story A-shaped gable next to it.

That magical fairy tale feeling continues inside. The family room is vaulted towards the second floor ceiling. To the left, day light washes in via a two-story collection of multipaned windows topped by mirror-image quarter rounds. More light beams in through the gridded glass inside the small front gable. A plant shelf below it takes advantage of the light.

Flames in the masonry fireplace serve as a cozy center point when the sky dims and darkens. With the exception of the pass-through in front of its sink, the kitchen is a separate space. An arched opening links it into a dining area with a windowed bench alcove. Basement stairs are off of the kitchen, while stairs to the second floor angle up behind the fireplace.

Upstairs, the owners’ bedroom is expanded by a window bay crowned by a half-round and creates a cozy window seat. Inner shutters can be opened or closed, allowing the Langston’s owners to overlook their living room, or opt for privacy.

1st May, 2014
Articles, Blog

Urban Village, Narrow Lot House Plans

It was no surprise to seasoned home builders when the Census Bureau reported in March a newer trend of people moving closer to the city and away from the suburbs. Rick McAlexander of Associated Designs in Eugene, Oregon has worked with hundreds of builders over the years to design houses for all types of neighborhoods. But, when Dane Butler of Future B Homes, also in Eugene, approached Rick about designing a series of single family homes for a growing, mixed-use development close to the urban core, Rick jumped right in. Rick has a passion for density housing, close to the city, and was happy to create his first collection of urban styled house plans, specifically created for a planned village development.

Dane Butler, president of Future B Homes, knew his urban village units needed a fresh concept in order to offer contemporary styled homes that most people could afford and realistically enjoy living in. “These kinds of homes should actually cost less to take care of with lower utility bills and less maintenance.”, Dane says.  

After months of collaboration, Future B Homes began building a series of small footprint homes in a local development called Crescent Village. Rick created house plans for this project that have a north and south orientation. However, he situated the windows and patios on the home’s south side, which faces the neighbor’s adjacent exterior wall. This allows natural light to stream in throughout the home while offering privacy for each homeowner. After experiencing enthusiastic homeowner demand, Future B Homes has now built a total of 14 village style units out of a planned 26 for the mixed-use neighborhood.

The unique idea of an ‘urban floor plan’ attracts two types of clients, but for different reasons, according to Rick. He says some clients are keenly interested in living in a home with a smaller footprint. Other clients are driven primarily by economic benefits, because a smaller lot leads to lower development and construction costs, and lower maintenance bills. “Our clients get the best of both worlds with this plan”, says Rick, “whether the person is environmentally driven or conscious of cost”.

The concept of a planned urban village is not new. There are hundreds of examples of older, high-density neighborhoods in larger cities, like San Francisco and Seattle, or on the east coast in Boston and New York City. Even Charleston and New Orleans have long traditions of narrow homes built close to the street, right in the city. These types of dense neighborhoods were known to be highly livable during their heyday when individuals worked, shopped and socialized, within blocks of their home.

While Rick says he’s inspired by the lifestyles of yesteryear, fast forward about five decades and he’s incorporated significant differences in today’s urban house plan. First and foremost, homes are not attached by a shared wall. These plans offer more privacy, natural light and some amount of defined yard space. And, the homes are energy efficient and include amenities that are considered must-haves in today’s lifestyle. According to Dane, “With these plans, people find they have all the space and features they need with no wasted square footage.”

For example, Associated Designs has the ‘Parkview Plan 30-905’, where the house is only twenty-six feet wide and almost sixty feet long. The home is designed with an inviting entry court close to the street that could include a fenced privacy screen. A person can approach the home and take a right into the front door or turn left and head along the exterior wall toward an open or enclosed patio.

The first floor of this plan offers a contemporary, open kitchen with a great room layout, plus a master bedroom that includes a luxury bath and walk-in closet. The second floor accommodates three good-sized bedrooms and a two-door, shared bath with double sink. Add a 300 square-foot bonus room over the garage and the space lives large. The total living area is right under 2200 square feet with a footprint at just about 1500 square feet. Lot lines are approximately 3.5 feet from the exterior walls.

A developer doesn’t have to build a whole new village to utilize this style of housing. It works just as well when placed within undeveloped lots in older neighborhoods. It’s not uncommon in most cities to see well established neighborhoods from the turn-of-the-century, or mid-century, to include empty lots or houses in serious disrepair. City planners and developers both recognize the potential to convert weedy tracts into housing for people wanting to live closer to the city’s core. And, astute developers can turn several contiguous residential lots into a coordinated group of urban concept houses, each with a different plan but similar in styling. Dane notes that people who choose an urban village house tend to feel comfortable spending more time outdoors, enjoying a sense of community and neighbors.

There is a definite trend, says Rick, where people want to move closer to the city and cut their commute times while increasing access to urban amenities, city events and al fresco cafes. It’s about affordable and quality living, while working and playing in the same neighborhood – just like the old days, only better.

as seen at newswire.net
 

29th Apr, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Craftsman House Plan, Sloped Lot House Plan, Home Plan. Springvale 30-950

Like a gently winding stream, eyes are drawn by a curved path of steps to the Springvale’s distinctly arched entry. Cut into the front side of a hill, this Craftsman-style home provides elevated views of the area around it. Coach lamps emphasize framed-out columns flanking the entry and garage. Other Craftsman attributes include stone veneer wainscot, gable end projections, and shake-textured siding that accents both gable peaks..

Inside, most of the living area is on the main floor. A small loft and unfinished attic space for storage are to the second-level, while the garage is below.

Ceilings are higher through the center of the home, running from the front towards the back. In the foyer and living-room, the ceiling height is ten feet. The playroom is two stories high, and overlooked by the second floor loft.

A wood-burning stove fills one corner of the large living room that's partially open to the kitchen. The kitchen’s raised eating bar offers seating for informal dinners, snacks and homework supervision,  while hiding the inevitable clutter of food preparation and clean up. The eating nook is open to the playroom, next to a deep pantry with a stainless steel table and a second refrigerator.

The luxurious owners’ suite is reached via both an arched opening near the foyer, and a door off of the playroom. Features include a direct-vent gas fireplace and a spacious walk-in closet, along with a private bathroom complete with a heated spa tub. Secondary rooms are at the front.

A bathroom off the Springvale’s left-front bedroom links using a large laundry and hobby room. The dumbwaiter there eliminates the need to carry heavy or bulky objects up from the garage.

28th Apr, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Country House Plan, Cottage House Plan, Brookville 30-928

Shake and lap siding blend with cultured stone veneer to make the Brookville a textural treat for your eyes. This country cottage is designed for a building lot that slopes down in the rear.

Family and friends will enjoy hanging out together in the window-bright, wide-open gathering place in the heart of this country home. Sparklink windows frame and crown a gas fireplace that acts as a focal point in the vaulted great room. This lofty space segues seamlessly to the dining room. Only a drop in-ceiling height marks the transition.

Sliding gates in the dining area allow easy access to a wide, partly covered railed deck that covers much of the rear. If eveing bugs are a problem, the covered section could be screened. Kitchen helpers can look out across the raised eating bar to watch fireplace flames, or keep tabs on activities in the dining room and on the deck. Appliances, cabinets and counters wrap-around four sides of the kitchen, and a roomy pantry nestles into one corner.

Another vaulted ceiling increases the impression of spaciousness while in the owners’ suite, the only  ground floor bedroom. Amenities here include a spacious walk-in closet as well as a two-section bathroom with an oversized shower.

You can overlook the vaulted great room while ascending the stairway to the upper level. A bathroom, two more bedrooms, and a huge bonus room are upstairs. One bedroom features a broader closet; the other bedroom is slightly larger overall.

Lighting spills in to the Brookville’s bonus room through a road-facing multipaned window. Ceilings pitch down on the left and right. This room could double as studio or rehearsal space for the family musician or artist, while still leaving a lot of space for storage along the edges.

22nd Apr, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, Southwest Hous Plan, Rosabella 11-137

Rounded roof tiles and stucco exterior of the Rosabella house plan can’t help but evoke the sunny climes of Spain and Italy. Gentle arches cap window and door openings, adding to the Mediterranean ambiance. Bold stucco-clad columns frame the lofty entry porch, and keystones add a classic element.

Entry doors open right into a high-ceilinged entry where light washes in through an arched transom. Moving forward brings you to the highly glassed hexagonal great room. The inside is completely present-day, and nowhere is the fact that more visible than in this extensive and expansive house.

Arched transoms crown wide banks of glass that fill most of three walls. All but the windows flanking the fireplace slide open to allow in gentle breezes, or offer use of a patio that spans the whole rear of the home. The poatio effectively enhances the living area, if the weather allows.

A angled pony wall bounds one side of the G-shaped kitchen. Entering the great room, you are able to look over it to see what’s cooking on the range. The sink hides behind a raised eating bar that rims another peninsular counter. While washing up kitchen ware, you can take in the great room plus the patio and the landscape beyond.

The vaulted owners’ suite fills the whole left-wing. Luxurious features include an interestingly shaped  shower, double vanity, walk-in closet and totally private bathroom. Sliding-glass doors in the sleeping area allow direct deck access.

A large utility room, a bathroom, as well as two more rooms are in the right wing, which links with the Rosabella’s two-car garage. A deep walk-in pantry at the back of the utility room adds to the kitchen’s  ample space for storage. Steps for the basement are next to the garage.

21st Apr, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Duplex Plan, Country House Plan, Multi-Family House Plan

Multipaned windows in this modern country plan glow under a row of eye-catching gables that face the road. With the Warrendale you get the proverbial two for the price of one!

This plan could be ideal for two families who would like to be close but independent. Or one-unit might be owner-occupied, while rental income in the other helps pay the mortgage.

Outstanding separation of space is the key to privacy. Each unit has a covered deck which spans most of its front facade. The shared garages and upper bedroom walls are doubly thick, having an extra inch of air space between. Exterior, covered patios on the side and rear effectively out-of-sight and earshot of each other.

Only the upstairs bedrooms are mirror images of each other. The other living spaces are somewhat similar, however not identical. Unit B is a little larger overall, as is its first floor. Unit A has a slightly larger second floor.

In both, the living-room and dining area flow together in one seamless open-space that’s partly available to your kitchen across an eating bar. Views from both kitchen sinks are towards the rear. A’s covered terrace is quietly, accessed via sliding glass doors while in the eating area. B’s covered terrace is at the rear.

Most of the Warrendale’s bedrooms are upstairs. Each unit has two bathrooms, a loft, extra rooms, and an owners’ suite.

14th Apr, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Southwest House Plan, Southwestern Home Plan, Mesilla 30-183

Curved windows, clustered faccent tiles, and raised stucco detailing offer a clean-lined, special appearance towards the Southwest Mesilla house plan. Individuals who enjoy entertaining will recognize the possibilities of this plan, as will families who like lots of room to spread out.

Entering, you step into an extraordinary, high-ceilinged foyer in which the entranceway is crowned by a plant shelf, and another high plant shelf rims the right wall. On the left, columns flank an arched opening that leads in to the vaulted living room and dining room.

Ahead, another columned archway marks the entrance to the bright and spacious vaulted family room. Natural lighting washes in through the richly windowed rear wall, and spills down through two skylights. A fireplace, nestled between a storage cabinet and an entertainment center, adds cheer and warmth on grey days.

The kitchen is large, expanded by a nook that's windowed on two sides. Its large work island houses both a prep sink and a cooktop. The far side also serves as a conversation bar.

Just behind the generously-sized walkin pantry is a spacious utility/hobby room, designed to accommodate a sewing machine and still leave lots of counter space for folding clothes. In one corner there's a half-bath, and across the hall is really a storage closet set into a triangular space. A door conveniently opens to the three-car garage, which has a deep third-car bay.

The Mesilla is elegant owners' room has a huge walk-in closet, plus a two-section bathroom with a double vanity. The second bedroom faces the street. If preferred, the den can serve as a third room, a home office, library or what have you.

7th Apr, 2014
Articles, Blog

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Carrington 30-360First step is to develop a list of potential candidates. Check with friends and family, trade organizations such as Lane County Home Builders Association or American Institute of Building Designers, and of coarse contractors you are considering for your project.

An internet search is another way to add to the list of candidates, and it has the added bonus of allowing you to see some of the designers work.

After you've compiled your list, its time to make some phone calls. The call is to introduce yourself,  then describe the project.  Is it a new home, addition or interior remodel. as well as an approximate size or scope of the work you would like to complete. Once you have described the project ask the designer about their experience with this type of project.

Other questions should include, years of experience, familiarity with the building jurisdiction for your project and availability to begin your project. You're objective with the phone calls is to narrow down your prospects to two or three for an in depth interview.  The interview is where you and your potential building designer get to know each other.

 The relationship with your designer is as much about how well you can communicate with each other as it is about any other individual element.  The most technically skilled, creative and professional designer cannot meet your goals if they don't hear them. The short answer: Make a list of potential designers, call them and weed out the ones that don't return your call or have any experience with your type of project, meet with the designer and get to know each other, and make your selection.

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